Columbia College Chicago

Summer Programs

Summer is a great time to get creative! Please be sure to check back often, we are in the process of adding even more great summer term programs for 2017!

Summer Arts & Media Camp

Ages 6-15

The Summer Arts & Media Camp at Columbia College Chicago is a unique and urban camp program for young creatives. Featuring small class-sizes and multiple opportunities for collaboration, the camp invites exploration in the fine, performing, and media arts.

Campers will have access to Columbia’s state-of-the-art equipment in our campus classrooms, theaters, galleries, and workshop spaces as they learn from a diverse variety of experienced teachers and counselors in a safe and exciting urban campus environment, located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

SESSION 1: JUNE 26 – JULY 21, 2017

SESSION 2: JULY 24 – AUGUST 18, 2017

(Please note that our spring term print schedule incorrectly listed the dates of the camp as being one week earlier. The corrected dates are listed above. We apologize for any confusion.)

For more information about the Summer Arts & Media Camp, please visit the camp website at

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Suzuki Summer String Camp

Ages 4 - 12

July 10 - 14, 2017

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

*Ages 4-5 have the option to participate in a half day vesion of the camp, from 9 am-12 pm

The Suzuki Summer String Camp, now in its seventh year, is proud to offer fun and innovative classes that will keep your child motivated and engaged in summer study. Our course offerings for violin, viola and cello are built around the Suzuki method, and will offer your child the opportunity to broaden and deepen their musical knowledge. Students must have at least 6 months of previous study on their instrument. 

Classes will include:

  • Semi-private lesson: Students will be grouped by age and level into a small group of 3 - 4 participants. Each student will get a mini-lesson with our experienced instructors, and have the opportunity to work on their solo repertoire. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from one another. Some students may be selected to perform a solo at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Large group lesson: Students will be grouped together by repertoire and work on pre-determined Suzuki pieces to perform at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Eurythmics: A fun and active class that teaches an understanding of music's fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Students benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.
  • Orchestra: Intermediate level students will improve sight reading and ensemble skills in this fun group setting.
  • Violin fiddlers: Intermediate violin students will broaden their musical horizons and experiment with music from other genres.
  • Chamber Music: Beginner and Intermediate students will benefit from this more intimate music making experience and improve their note reading and ensemble skills.
  • Note reading: Beginner students will have an opportunity to sharpen their sight reading and musicianship skills.

*Class availability will depend on camp enrollment. Semi-private, Large group & Eurythmics classes will run regardless of enrollment.

The Suzuki String Camp will culminate in a final concert on the afternoon of Friday, July 14th.

String Camp Faculty
Martine Benmann
Marija Bubanj
Emilia Blaszak
Kelly Larson
Erica Lessie
Melissa Padgett
Kristern Regester
Nobuaki (Aki) Tanaka

Tuition and Registration
4-12 year olds: Tuition is $500 for the week. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in the camp.
4-5 year olds (optional): Tuition for the optional 1/2 day camp is $300 for the week. A $150 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in the 1/2 day camp.
Financial aid available.

For more questions about the Summer String Camp, please contact Aki Tanaka at

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